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Rampant Nadal faces Schwartzman in quarter-finals

Wednesday, 2018-06-06 06:42:16
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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his fourth round match against Germany's Maximilian Marterer. (Photo: Reuters)
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World number one Rafa Nadal continues the defence of his French Open title with a quarter-final clash against Argentine Diego Schwartzman on Wednesday.

Spaniard Nadal, who swatted aside Maximilian Marterer in the previous round, has barely broken a sweat en route to the last eight in Paris. Nadal enjoys a 5-0 head-to-head record over Schwartzman and most recently beat the Argentine in the last-16 of the Madrid Open last month.

* Novak Djokovic said he does not know if will play the grasscourt season after tumbling out of the French Open on Tuesday. The Serb, three-times a Wimbledon champion, appeared distraught after his quarter-final defeat by unseeded Marco Cecchinato in which he was treated for neck pain.

* Andy Murray has postponed his return from hip surgery but the former world number one still hopes to be back in time for Wimbledon next month. The 31-year-old Scot has returned to the practice courts but said on Tuesday he would not be playing the Rosmalen grasscourt tournament, near Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, that starts on June 11.

* Talismanic Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been given a three-match European ban after he jostled the referee, was sent off and launched a tirade against the official as Juventus lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals. UEFA said in a statement the 40-year-old, who was livid at a stoppage-time penalty awarded to the Spanish side during the second leg last month, had been sanctioned for a direct red card and infringing "general principles of conduct".

* Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Brazil midfielder Fred from Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk, the English Premier League club said on Tuesday. British media reported that United will pay Shaktar about 52 million pounds (US$70 million) for the 25-year-old, who is in Brazil's squad for the World Cup in Russia.

* Belgium has detained 13 people in raids over an investigation into suspected match-fixing in the lower ranks of professional tennis, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday. A criminal organisation with ties in Belgium and Armenia has been bribing professional tennis players since 2014 to fix matches, letting the criminals to rake in profits by placing bets, the prosecutors said. The fixed matches were usually in lower-ranked, rarely televised tournaments such as the Futures and Challenger circuits, where it was easier to bribe players, prosecutors said.

* Slovakian club Spartak Trnava have denied allegations of bribes and match-fixing involving games during the 2017-18 season when they won their first top-flight league title for 45 years. Slovak authorities began looking into the case in December after finding evidence of bribery and match-fixing.

* Arsenal have signed Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner from Italian champions Juventus on a free transfer, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. The 34-year-old made more than 250 appearances for Juve, winning the Serie A title in each of his seven seasons at the club. He was named captain of Switzerland in 2016 and has earned 99 caps for his country.

* Soccer's ruling body FIFA has filed a criminal complaint against online ticket reseller Viagogo, saying it wanted to protect fans and prevent unauthorised ticket resales at the World Cup in Russia starting next week. Zurich-based FIFA said on Tuesday it had filed a complaint with the public prosecutor's office in Geneva after receiving complaints about the Swiss company's practices.